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Sassi & Trulli

Discover Matera & Noci
Cycle self-guided, while your luggage is transported, through Italy’s idyllic south. Your truly remarkable accommodation includes a sassi  hotel built into the rocks in UNESCO-protected Matera, and another comprising conical stone dwellings, called trulli, in Noci.

Holiday information


A short cycling break in southern Italy

The little-known rural province of Basilicata, and Puglia (the ‘heel’ of Italy), combine stunningly beautiful landscapes with a rich, and often turbulent past, and some remarkable vernacular architecture.

There is a noticeably slower rhythm to daily life here as you take in the charm and peacefulness of Italy’s ‘deep south’, on a break that offers a tantalising glimpse of both provinces and a real taste of the south – in an area famous for its olive groves, vineyards, almond groves, cherry orchards and pastureland, the cuisine is as rich and unforgettable as the landscapes you explore.
A key feature of this holiday is the truly unique accommodation: in Matera, your hotel is set in one of the town’s sassi, combining troglodyte cave dwellings (said to be among the oldest human settlements in Italy) with pathways, stairs and courtyards; while in Noci, your stunning hotel consists of a series of wonderful traditional conical stone dwellings, called trulli.

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The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
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  • Arrival in Matera 
    Night 1: at Hotel Locanda di San Martino (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night's accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of cycling.
  • Free day in Matera

    Explore Matera
    UNESCO-protected Matera is one of the most remarkable cities in Italy, famed as much for its sassi – ancient stone cave dwellings carved out of the hillside – as for the large and diverse collection of Christian buildings, including a large number of churches built with the soft volcanic rock of the region.

    Circular route from Matera: 43km; longer option: 54km
    If you can tear yourself away from the city, we recommend a peaceful introductory ride into the surrounding countryside, which can be extended to visit the hill-top town of Montescaglioso, dominated by its enchanting 11th-century Benedictine abbey.
    Circular route from Matera, longer option: 54km
  • Matera to Noci: 59km
    From Matera you head east on a pleasant ride through vineyards and small villages, including pretty Gioia del Colle, on your way to Noci. Here, you stay two nights at the Masseria Abate.
    Matera to Noci: 59km
    Pedal through rural scenery to Noci
  • Choice of routes from Noci: 56km or 59km
    The focus of your last day are the Valle d'Itria's unique trulli  houses. Both our suggested circuits lead via Alberobello, where you can see for yourself the remarkable 15th-century white dry-stone houses with conical roofs made of stone that have earned the town UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

    Circular route via Castellana: 56km
    This first route combines Alberobello with the remarkable caves of Castellana, filled with stalactites and stalagmites. 

    Circular route via Locorotondo: 59km
    After visiting Alberobello, our second route continues to the hill-top town of Locorotondo (famed for the five ‘o’s in its name).
    Circular route via Castellana: 56km
    Circular route via Locorotondo: 59km


A key feature of this holiday is the truly unique accommodation. 

Occasionally, due to availability, we may offer an alternative hotel, as shown below. You will be informed of any change to the usual hotel (along with any price implication) prior to us confirming your holiday to you. Wherever you stay in Matera, we recommend adding extra nights, as there is much to see and explore.

Extend your stay

Prices & travel options
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  • 4 nights: 22 August 2021 - 31 October 2021, 01 April 2022 - 30 June 2022 & 20 August 2022 - 31 October 2022

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    22 Aug - 30 Sep 2021 £790 £260
    1 - 27 Oct 2021 £725 £175
    1 - 20 Apr 2022 £730 £175
    21 Apr - 6 May 2022 £765 £185
    7 - 28 May 2022 £785 £190
    29 May - 26 Jun 2022 £830 £275
    20 Aug - 30 Sep 2022 £830 £275
    1 - 27 Oct 2022 £765 £185
    3rd & 4th person discount -£105 to -£110
    Single traveller supplement £105 to £110

    Includes accommodation, meals, bike hire, luggage transfers and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus cycling notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Included travel: return taxi from Bari airport

    Electric bikes available: add £55 in 2021, £58 in 2022 per person

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Locanda di San Martino, Matera
    Junior suite: 22 Aug - 31 Oct 2021 £25
    Junior suite: 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2022 £28
    Junior suite: 20 Aug - 31 Oct 2022 £28
    Abate Masseria, Noci
    'Trullo' junior suite: 22 Aug - 31 Oct 2021 £16
    'Trullo' junior suite: 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2022 £16
    'Trullo' junior suite: 20 Aug - 31 Oct 2022 £16

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Prices include an extra day’s hire of a standard bike. If you are upgrading to an e-bike, add a further £12pp in 2021, £14pp in 2022 per day.
    Locanda di San Martino, Matera (B&B) Double room Single room
    22 Aug - 31 Oct 2021 £100 £145
    01 Apr - 30 Jun 2022 £104 £152
    20 Aug - 31 Oct 2022 £104 £152
    Abate Masseria, Noci (with dinner) Double room Single room
    22 Aug - 12 Sep 2021 £145 £225
    13 Sep - 03 Oct 2021 £135 £205
    04 Oct - 31 Oct 2021 £115 £145
    01 Apr - 12 Apr 2022 £122 £154
    13 Apr - 23 Apr 2022 £142 £216
    24 Apr - 02 May 2022 £132 £170
    03 May - 09 May 2022 £122 £154
    10 May - 31 May 2022 £132 £170
    01 Jun - 30 Jun 2022 £142 £216
    22 Aug - 12 Sep 2022 £153 £237
    13 Sep - 03 Oct 2022 £142 £216
    04 Oct - 31 Oct 2022 £122 £154
    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail travel from London

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Bari (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Edingburgh - Bari (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Bari (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Glasgow - Bari (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Bari Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Bari British Airways,  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Bari British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Bari Wizz Air 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Bari Ryanair 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you for any of the options listed above except those operated by Ryanair. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service (£60 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Bari

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Bari airport to hotel (1h15) included flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Bari airport (1h20) included flexible
What is included
  • 4 nights
  • 2 dinners
    4 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • high-quality bicycle
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation
  • taxi from/to Bari Airport

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If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • If your holiday plans go awry because of Coronavirus, rest assured that we’ll do right by you. Since the start of the pandemic, our flexible booking policy and prompt issuing of refunds to customers who prefer not to defer their holiday have earned us high praise in the national press.
  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – cycling holidays are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety, not least taking tests before and after your holiday for many destinations.
    Your holiday experience: what to expect >
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    Entry requirements for non-UK destinations & for re-entering the UK >
  • Our cycle supplier will provide you with a hybrid bike with 27 gears; a waterproof map case on handlebars; panniers/saddlebags; pump; puncture repair kit; and a lock. Electric bikes are available as an upgrade (see price panel), subject to availability, and must be requested at the time of booking. The bike shop also has a limited number of tandems.
  • While we would always recommend that you take your own well-fitting helmet, they can be hired locally for a small fee. Please let us know at the time of booking if you would like to hire a helmet.
  • Yes, we will provide GPX tracks for this holiday prior to departure so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. (We also provide maps and our tried-and-tested route notes, which remain the principal means of navigation).
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. On mornings when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation so that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.
  • Bike insurance is not included in the price of our cycling holidays, and unfortunately we can't supply such insurance. Some general travel insurance policies can or do provide cover for rented bikes, so it's worth seeing if your policy is one of these. The most important thing is to ensure that you take good care of your bike (you are responsible for damage to or loss of it while it is hired to you), always being careful to lock it up, ideally to an immovable object, and removing all easy-to-steal accessories whenever you leave it unattended.
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines (but not, currently, with Ryanair). As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe, there’s a £35 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £60 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

    More information about the booking process >
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  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to take out our recommended travel insurance policy (if you live outside the UK you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Italy, but not a visa. If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • The principal official language is Italian, though some regions have a second official language, such as South Tyrol, where German is widely spoken. The currency is the Euro. Italian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • For information on the practicalities of travel now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, visit

    At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them, regardless of what is happening in the European political sphere.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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